On February 15th, Al Gore announced Live Earth, an event featuring concerts on all seven continents to raise awareness of climate change. The July 7th concerts feature a "Who's Who" of talent, and tickets are sure to be selling fast -- the show at London's Wembley Stadium has already sold out.
We want you to be there for this historic event, and so we're teaming up with MSN to give away five pairs of tickets, along with air travel and lodging. MSN and Treehugger's "Green Theatre" contest challenges you to (you guessed it) make a 1-2 minute video in which you answer the question "What are you doing in your own backyard to help fight climate change?"
With Live Earth just over a month away, you won't have any time to waste: you can submit your video through Soapbox at MSN Video beginning today. The deadline for submissions is June 23. Once the submission period has closed, voting will open up, and users will choose the Top 10 videos. Those ten will then go to a panel of celebrity judges, and they will determine the five winners. Judges include:Daryl Hannah, Actress & Environmental Advocate
Dr. David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster
George Spyros, Environmental Media Maker
Hunter Lovins, Founder, Natural Capital, Inc.
Josh Lucas, Actor & Environmentalist
Judith Helfand, Documentary Filmmaker, Everything's Cool
Q'Orianka Kilcher, Actress & Environmentalist
Rachel McAdams, Actress & Environmentalist
Simran Sethi, Environmental Journalist
Summer Rayne Oakes, Model & Environmentalist
Woody Harrelson, Actor & Environmentalist
When making their choices, the judges will evaluate the videos based on relevance of contribution to the environment (70%), creativity of presentation (20%), and appropriateness to theme (10%). In addition to tickets, accommodations, and travel, winners will also receive $300 in spending money. Official rules are available at the contest's site.
Get your cameras warmed up -- it's time to get them rolling! In just a few weeks, you and a guest could be a part of the historic Live Earth concerts. Need ideas? Check out the videos submitted to our Convenient Truths contest. And, of course, Treehugger's chock full of tips for lightening your carbon footprint.
If you're totally lacking confidence in your videography skills, MSN is also holding three other contests; each of them is also awarding five pairs of tickets, travel and lodging. If trivia, gaming or online social networking are more your speed, check them out.